jesseps Posted September 19, 2019 Share Posted September 19, 2019 Quote We’re calling it: the city-within-a-city neighbourhood of Verdun is the most up-and-coming place on the island of Montreal. From exploring the joie de vivre of its bustling main strip, Wellington Street, to relaxing in parks alongside the Saint-Lawrence River, it’s a well-kept secret among locals – and exceedingly welcoming to visitors too. With nearly 350 years of history, it’s actually one of Canada’s oldest cities: a historically working-class area that was (despite Montreal’s reputation for raucous nightlife) officially dry between the years of 1965 and 2010. Today it’s flush with restaurants both new and time-honoured, serving iconic Québécois food as well as creative eats loaded with flair, and there’s a fresh collection of bars to booze at between the regular street fairs and festivals. EAT Check out the inspired menus at Beba, where chef Ari Schor – who’s cooked for Justin Trudeau and Barack Obama – turns fresh, local produce into inimitably delicious plates like warm empanadas or chanterelle mushrooms on cheesy polenta. DRINK Pay a visit to Palco, which was the first fully-fledged bar to open in Verdun after it broke its longstanding alcohol prohibition. There you’ll find inventive mixology with tropical and pan-Asian leanings, but also cheap speed-rail drinks to enjoy while a three-piece band or DJ takes the stage. DO If you’re in Montreal in summer for the International Jazz Festival, check out Verdun’s satellite stage: the first of its kind at this world-class event. Then follow that up with a visit to the neighbourhood’s new urban beach for some sun, sand, and river swimming. STAY Get a classic home-welcoming feel at La Petite Bourgeoise, a cheekily-named 1920s B&B that retains all its old finishings while offering modern hospitality. Its location makes it a great base to grab a ride or a bike downtown, or dip in and out of Verdun at one’s leisure. —Jean-Pierre Karwacki, Time Out Montreal LOCALS SAY ‘There’s a strong community life, with family and cultural activities always going on, plus it’s near the water and has lots of restaurants and bars.’ https://www.timeout.com/coolest-neighbourhoods-in-the-world Verdun comes in at 22 on the list and it beats out The Junction in Toronto which sits at 36. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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